RIT and Elmira College Form Agreement on 4+1 “Accounting MBA” Program




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Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Business is phasing in a new accelerated 4+1 Master of Business Accounting (MBA-A) program to meet New York state’s new Certified Public Accountant requirements—as well as continuing its traditional accelerated 4+1 MBA program.

Elmira College has just become a new partner school with RIT’s College of Business, following recent 4+1 traditional and accounting MBA agreements with SUNY Brockport and Keuka College.

“Our revised MBA-A program provides Elmira graduates with the ability to meet New York state’s new CPA education requirements for 150 semester hours (five years) of education to sit for the CPA exam,” explains Wayne Morse, interim dean of RIT’s College of Business. “Best of all, Elmira students can develop a program of study that will allow for a seamless transition from Elmira to graduate education at RIT.”

The accelerated 4+1 agreement allows undergraduate students studying business administration or accounting to complete specific foundational courses while attending Elmira College. Students who meet graduate business admission standards may then complete the traditional MBA or accounting MBA during one full academic year at RIT.

“Accounting is one of the top career market demands,” says Jody Lehr, assistant director of Graduate Business Admissions in RIT’s College of Business. “The RIT program is distinctive in that it combines a broad MBA education with discipline specific accounting knowledge, stressing the critically important information component to the profession.”

For more information, contact Jody Lehr at (585) 475-6916 or jlehr@cob.rit.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The RIT 4+1 MBA-Accounting degree is available to full-time and part-time students. Students with a recent undergraduate degree in accounting may be able to complete the degree in four quarters (12 months) of full-time study. For more information on New York state’s educational requirements for CPA licensing, visit www.cob.rit.edu/academics/accounting_memo2.html.